Academic report adds weight to fracking ban calls say Greens

17 August, 2017 - 16:13

The case for fracking in Scotland has “all but vanished” say the Scottish Greens after an academic report published today demonstrated how unsuitable the practice would be in Britain’s terrain.

Expert analysis from Heriot-Watt University also states that the so-called ‘opportunity’ for fracking has been ‘overhyped’.

Mark Ruskell MSP, the Scottish Greens’ climate and energy spokesperson, said:

Harvie writes to First Minister over President Trump and extremists

17 August, 2017 - 14:11

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (17 Aug) wrote to the First Minister and opposition leaders urging a plan of action to counter the confidence that President Trump is giving to extremist groups.

Johnstone responds to figures showing rise in children prescribed antidepressants

17 August, 2017 - 13:23

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health & Children spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (17 Aug) responded to figures showing four times as many children under 13 were prescribed antidepressants last year as just seven years ago.

The figures, obtained by BBC Scotland, show that last year 252 children aged 12 and under were given antidepressants while in 2009/10 it was 57.

Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, said:

Survey showing unpaid carers are socially isolated underlines need for greater support

16 August, 2017 - 15:06

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (16 Aug) said a survey showing more than three-quarters of unpaid carers in Scotland feel lonely or socially isolated underlines the need for greater support, such as the Green MSPs' proposal of a Young Carer's Allowance.

We challenge other parties to be bold on environment & say Climate Bill should include target of zero emissions by 2040

16 August, 2017 - 10:03

Scottish Green MSPs today (17 August) challenged Holyrood's four other parties to be bold on the environment by proposing that the forthcoming Climate Bill includes a target of zero emissions by 2040.

Current targets under the 2009 Climate Act are for greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced by 80 per cent by 2050. The Scottish Government proposes increasing this to 90 per cent but does not propose bringing forward the target date, despite the urgency of the situation.

Post-Brexit customs arrangement 'contradictory' and ‘embarrassing’ say Greens

15 August, 2017 - 16:27

The UK government’s proposed “new customs arrangement” announced today has come under fire from the Scottish Greens, with an MSP for the party calling the plans “contradictory to the point of being embarrassing”.

Ross Greer MSP, the Greens’ external affairs spokesperson also says the plan would leave the UK with a relationship with the EU that’s “weaker” than what Turkey currently has. The European Commission has already confirmed that the proposals are impossible, stating that “frictionless trade is not possible outside of the Single Market and customs union”.

Rail fare rise unacceptable say Greens

15 August, 2017 - 16:24

It’s too soon to ask rail passengers to pay a fare rise say the Scottish Greens, especially for a ScotRail service that “rarely impresses”.

Green MSP John Finnie says the increase in regulated rail fares from January 2018 announced today is another example of why privatised railways are “an enormous failed experiment”.

John Finnie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson, said:

Animal welfare standards better in England say Scottish Greens

11 August, 2017 - 12:47

A Green MSP has slammed the Scottish Government’s commitment to animal welfare after the UK government introduced an abattoir policy rejected by Holyrood ministers in June.

We need to take action to regulate short-term let market

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 11 Aug

This week, I was fortunate to catch-up on a film, which celebrates the life of one of America’s greatest urbanists, Jane Jacobs. In a similar vein to Sir Patrick Geddes, Jacobs’ revolutionised how we think about cities as living organisms. Moreover, her pioneering spirit and acute observations brought together policy and practice and it got me thinking about how we manage cities in Scotland.

We need to have zero tolerance for those who discriminate

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 4 Aug

Much has been made this summer of the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, which began to partially decriminalise same-sex relationships. Those caveats are important of course: the Act didn’t apply in Scotland, Northern Ireland, or indeed to a great many people beyond a precisely defined exemption from prosecution.